Maria Teresa of Calcutta, Hardworking Sister of Mercy

Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet

Maria Teresa of Calcutta

ImageIn 1910 Maria Teresa was born in Skopie (Albania). In 1928 she moved to Ireland and became a nun.

A year later she moved again to India. Here she would have remained for many years as a teacher in a college for girls only.Image

In 1948 she founded the missionary of charity which in the next 50 years would have became an organization with branches all over the world, with supporter from every religious field as well as laymen.Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin”.

The organization helped people with terrible diseases and also poor people we belong to the world living not for ourselves Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.; for this Maria Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Price.Image

She died in 1997 obtaining the title of Blessed Maria of Calcutta from the Church of Rome.

Marie Curie, and the Progress

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

Marie Curie

 

Marie-Curie-1903-89864777aMarie Cure was born in 1867 in Poland. In 1871 she left Poland and went to study mathematics physics and chemistry at the University of Paris. During the time of her studies she endured many hardships, also hunger: “[…] I was taught that the way to progress is neither swift nor easy[…]”.

With the help of her husband Pierre, she was able to conduct pioneering studies on radioactivity, a term that was invented by her, after which Curie gained a Nobel Prize.220px-Pierre_and_Marie_Curie After the death of her husband in 1906, Marie Curie took his place as Professor of general Physics at the University of paris, and became the first woman to take this job. The continuing research lead her to find 2 new elements: polonium and radio and for that Curie was awarded with a second Nobel Prize in 1911.

 

During the first World War she introduced the use of X-Rays into medicine, and organized 20 mobile x-ray stations and 200 stationary.images-8images-7

She was restless and wholly committed to her research being convinced that: “you cannot build a better world without improving individuals”.

She died from radiations in 1934.

Harriet Tubman, highway to freedom

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Harriet Tubman

harriet-tubman2-library-of-congress-600Another example of perseverance, symbol of freedom and independence is Harriet Tubman. Like Sojourner Truth Tubam (1819/20-1913) was born in slavery and escaped from slavery when she was 25: “[…] the sun came like gold through the trees , and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven[…]”.

She didn’t leave the slaves behind though. Harriet Tubman became one of the most popular conductor of the Underground Rail Road, a secret road for the slaves to walk from the Southern states of U.S.A. to the free states of Canada: “[…] her success was wonderful […] she seemed totaly devoid of personal fear[…] images-4yet she would not suffer one of her party to whimper once about giving out and going back” because “a live runaway could do a great harm by going back[…]” and  she was bluntly convinced that: “[…] a dead Negro tell no tales[…] “. She worked so efficiently that the reward for her capture went as higimages-6h as $40,000.

Tubman met many times with John Brown and during the Civil War worked for the Union Army as a soldier a spy and a nurse.

After the Civil War she remained active by helping old and indigent black persons and fighting for human rights.

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When she died in 1913 she was awarded with military honor.thumbs_img_1231

Sojourner Truth: No chains

 It is often darkest just before dawn

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner truth was born in 1787 in slavery in New York.sojourner-truthHer real name was Isabelle Baumfree but in 1843 when she decided to commit herself to abolitionism and methodism, change it for Sojourner Truth.

as a child she was sold for $100 at an auction and later in fee life she would recall that: “[…]a slave auction is a terrible affair to its victims, and its incidents and consequences are graven on their hearts as with a pen of burning steel[…]”07-@-Sojourner

early in her life she showed vehemently her desire for freedom and independence as she escaped from slavery with her baby daughter in 1826. In 1827 Ny was proclaimed a free state but nonetheless her boy Peter was sold to a farm in Alabama. She took this case to court and won becoming one of the first black women to win over a white man in a court.sojourner_truth_pd101

Sojourner later lost her child who found a job on a ship but never made it back from his first trip.

Between the ’30s and the ’50s she spoke in front of large crowds about black people and women’s rights.

Famous is her speech “Ain’t I a woman” delivered in 1851 at a women’s convention in Ohio:”[…] if the first woman ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back and right side up again!and now they it asking to do it, the men better let them[…]”.

In the ’60s she met president Abraham Lincoln in more than one occasion and during the Civil War she helped to recruit black soldiers for the Union Army.
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Also after the Emancipation Proclamation (1865) Sojourner Truth continued to fight for universal suffrage, segregation by occupying  cars only for whites, but she also fought against the capital punishment and a reform of the prisons.

images-3She died in 1883 becoming a symbol of freedom freedom of thought and perseverance.